Before Sean could even talk, he became interested in the solar system. I have an old book on the solar system that I picked up at a garage sale or somewhere and we have leafed through it many times over.
A week or so ago, he came home from school with a Weekly Reader and he was very excited to show it to me because it was on the solar system. He held it up to his chest and pointed to each planet and gave me a little lecture on the properties of each planet. Verily I say to ye, I have learned more from this child than I ever learned in school. He makes learning way more fun than Sister Edwina ever did.
“Now you may notice that one of the planets is missing,” he said in his teacher voice.
“Oh really?” I asked.
“Yes. Pluto is no longer a planet,” he stated as matter of fact.
“Oh. I wonder why that is. Pluto was a planet when I was growing up.”
“I don’t know,” he said, “But Pluto is on the outs.”
Maybe by the time Sean’s kid is teaching him about the planets, Pluto will be back in the good graces of the solar system.